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The following startups are the winners of the 11th annual IMD Startup Competition. They have been
chosen to work with IMD’s MBA and Executive MBA students in 2009. They were chosen from amongst
many worthy competitors based not only on the value of their idea and quality of the team, but also their fit
with the learning objectives of our programs.
Winners of the IMD Startup Competition
Executive MBA Program winners
Aleva Neurotherapeutics Motilis
Fulltime MBA program winners
Bacula Systems PearlTec
Bulane Performance Buildings
Deutsche Derivate AG Microfinance Primus Solar
JMC Lutherie Quensis
KeyLemon Zürich Instruments
AgoraBee provides a complete platform for location-aware active RFID (Radio-frequency Identification) and WSN
(Wireless Sensor Network).
Bacula Systems provides enterprise quality services and support for open source network backup and recovery
Through Watalys, Bulane can provide chlorinated water to people in the developing world who do not have direct access to potable
Cashare runs an Internet loan platform for individuals to borrow and lend in a safe and easy environment with fair
Deutsche Derivate AG Microfinance
Microfinance institutions (MFIs) provide microcredits to entrepreneurs in developing countries. Deutsche Derivate
AG Microfinance is a refinancing institute for MFIs which do not have easy access to the capital markets.
JMC Lutherie offers a new generation loudspeaker system, built like a musical instrument, which allows the listener
to feel all dimensions of music.
KeyLemon is a software company which offers simple, fast and convenient computer access solutions, based on
face and speech recognition, for all internet users.
LogiFleet develops, integrates and commercializes integrated solutions for GPS geolocalisation and mobile services
NetGuardians provides a Security information event management solution for IT governance to medium and large
Pearltec develops novel fixation devices to make medical scanning faster, easier and more comfortable
Solutions for managing visitor access and shared meeting rooms in corporate as well as public settings.
Based on the award winning Preciquant Dental Anaesthesia system, Primequal is developing a version of its injector
suitable Botox injections.
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Primus.Solar intends to launch in a Gulf country a large fully integrated manufacturing plant for photovoltaic
products, from silicon ingots to solar modules.
Quensis embodies the future of naming: our unique and revolutionary technology fuses into one streamlined
process the complex legal verifications and the creative development. We create names that are legally available.
Zurich Instruments is an ETH spinoff developing and selling high-tech instrumentation on the global market.
We are a Medical Device spin-off of the EPFL developing unique neurostimulation methods for treating
iTaste makes choosing a restaurant fun and dynamic. Based on Facebook logic, you participate to a community of
friends keeping you at pace with the best addresses in town. This is second generation Web2.0 applied to mobiles,
it's always available, it's interactive, it's relevant and fun."
Development and production of cost effective devices for the utilization of waste heat to generate electric power by
means of micro thermoelectric generators (TEG).
mixin helps you and your friends to choose, plan and share things to do
Motilis is a medical equipment start-up company specialized in gastroenterology with an innovative pill technology.
NanoPowers is a medical device company focusing with its proprietary artificial muscle technology on treatment of
severe urinary and fecal incontinence.
Sensometrix provides biometric identification solutions that bring a high added value by combining ease of use with
reliability and the highest security standards.